The New Jersey Department of Health has alerted us that veterinarians from multiple states have reported increased cases of canine respiratory illnesses. At this time, a definitive cause has not yet been identified, and it is unknown whether reported cases from different locations are all caused by the same pathogen. Additional diagnostics and testing are ongoing. There are no reports of human illness affiliated with these cases at this time.
Many pathogens can cause respiratory illnesses in dogs, some of which have effective vaccines to prevent disease spread. Symptoms of respiratory illness in dogs may include coughing, difficulty breathing, sneezing, nasal or eye discharge, and lethargy.
If you suspect a respiratory illness in your pet, please contact your veterinarian for further evaluation.
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Take care and be well,